Skype for Linux 1.4 Beta Update: Salad Sandwich
Hello again! Here we are with your fresh Salad Sandwich. Sorry if the lettuce around the edges is a bit cold, but we’ve had it in the fridge for a couple of weeks (yes, this release came a little late). Fear not, however, as it has not gone stale. This sandwich includes a whole bunch of changes, even more than the first beta release.
First up, animated emoticons have been improved greatly and now perform better than they did on any previous Linux Skype release.
Equally important however, are changes to the audio volume level handling. Skype will now attempt to automatically adjust your microphone capture volume if it detects that you’re too loud or quiet during the call. Along with these changes also came better support for some USB audio devices that run at non-standard bitrates.
Some other useful features to boot in this release are the ability to start Skype minimized, hide offline users, and Quickfilter searching through historical events. We also now have proper RPM packages for SuSE and Mandriva.
There really have been a huge number of feature enhancements, changes and bugfixes in this release, so I strongly suggest reading the full changelog for details. A number of people will notice their bugs in the public bugtracking system fixed. If you know of a bug that still isn’t fixed, please be sure to check for them. If they exist, vote/watch the bug. If they don’t exist, create them. You can also discuss any issues you’re experiencing on our forum.